Prayers for the Church Street Family

August 17, 2020


Gathering God, we remain the church united, even as we pray from different locations, for we are connected by something more wondrous than the technology we employ. Your Spirit rests over us, filling us with hope and vision even in an era of social distancing. Though apart, we still listen for your voice that teaches us much about your kingdom of kindness and understanding. And as you are walking with us this day, we aim to match our pace with your unhurried steps – measured enough to notice especially those huddled in out-of-the way corners whom we need to acknowledge and bless. Help us stay true to that aim.

Lord of All, hear our prayer.

O Candle of Grace, by your tender mercy you are upholding us throughout this shadowed uncertainty. The ways of the world can be brittle, yet you offer that direction which we so desperately need. Yes, you are our Light who will lead us out of this dark tunnel of troubles. Shine on, we pray, and we ourselves now highlight the particular ways you have upheld us throughout these long months . . . . . . . . . . . . Our hearts well up as we remember the pure radiance of your grace.

Lord of All, hear our prayer.

O Spirit on the Move, the span of your work is wide, multifaceted, and is really a mystery too deep for us to understand; but we know your shining brightness is encircling all our brothers and sisters who are traveling a most somber path: those whose financial fears awaken them in the night, those wondering if their jobs will last, families torn apart by violence and mistrust, those without homes, those whose hearts have been crushed by grief, children and youth who are anxious about this school term beginning, educators and parents who long for safe places to teach and study. Yes, we are unsure of your ways, O Holy One, but we know your beam can never be extinguished.

Lord of All, hear our prayer.

Believing in your enduring mercy, our community also shares its personal concerns with you, as you care so deeply for your people. We trust all to you, asking that you work in your own way to bring healing grace.  Receive first our family’s personal thanksgivings for your divine assistance:

  • Appreciation for prayers: hand surgery on Friday was successful
  • Gratitude: the outpouring of gifts during Saturday’s Missions / BOH Collection Drive
  • Elderly friend removed from isolation, free of virus infection
  • Thankful that 3 virus tests were negative
  • Gratitude for all healthcare workers serving amid the pandemic
  • Thanksgiving for children and youth who graced us with Summer Serenade
  • Thankful that cancer surgery will be minor & illness is treatable
  • A friend’s son who died suddenly in New Zealand, comfort for broken family
  • Healing prayers for one undergoing shoulder surgery on Tuesday
  • Solace for local family grieving death of young wife to cancer
  • A young adult daughter who is lonely
  • Prayers that an ultrasound today will detect no return of cancer
  • Prayers for a very ill father in Johnson City & his family who give care
  • Healing for granddaughter, ill with virus in Alabama university
  • Healing of our nation with its deep strife, anger & fissures
  • Calming anxiety of one awaiting biopsy results
  • Beloved wife struggling with heavy cancer treatment, for healing
  • Continued healing of cousin recovering in burn clinic, out of ICU
  • Strength & guidance for husband as he cares for his very ill wife
  • Protection of health teams assisting in Texas hospitals hard-hit by virus
  • Family members in New York recovering from virus

Lord of All, hear our prayer.

O Faithful One, thank you for inviting us to lay out our broad blanket of needs and concerns before your throne of mercy. Even in our sometime shadows, you give us hands to hold and star candles to carry along the way. You are our security, Lord, and clinging to you this day, we offer that prayer our Brother Jesus framed for us so long ago:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.


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